After her firstborn was delivered by an unplanned cesarean section a spark ignited within Bethel to educate women on their options and ensure that they have the knowledge to make the best decisions for themselves and their baby. Bethel is a VBAC mom, birthing at a birth center and at home.
Bethel began her apprenticeship in 1995 and was first licensed in 1999. Bethel has practiced midwifery in Alaska, Arizona, Texas, Haiti, and Oregon. With each new place she has journeyed to, her love and passion for midwifery has only grown.
Bethel is a Certified Direct Entry Midwife as well as a Certified Professional Midwife under the Bridge Program. Bethel has been married to Kennon for over 30 years and together they have 14 children, by birth and by adoption.
Daughter of Bethel Belisle, I am no stranger to midwifery. After helping to “hold the flashlight” at my first birth when I was 7, it became my desire to become a midwife and work alongside my mother someday. That day came in 2015 when I returned home from college and was told that I was on call as a birth assistant. From there, I moved quickly from assistant, to apprentice, to midwife. ⠀
I am a new member of the Alaska Air National Guard and am enrolled at the University of Alaska, Anchorage pursuing my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. My goal is to get my Master’s and use it to work with women battling mental health disorders in their childbearing years. ⠀
Apprentice, Placenta Encapsulator
Bethany is a wife and mother of three currently living in Wasilla, Alaska. From a young age, she has always had a passion for families and birth. She serves families as a Doula, Birth Assistant, and a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. She is enrolled at the Midwives College of Utah.
“I look forward to serving your family in the future as I continue the path to midwifery! I am very excited to meet you all and thank you for allowing me to become a part of the Haven family! “